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Taber Fire Department starting recruitment drive

Posted on August 24, 2022 by Taber Times

By Ian Croft
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As the fall season begins, the Taber Fire Department is holding another recruitment drive which is a great opportunity for people who are interested in helping out their community. Amy West, assistant fire chief talked about this push for new volunteers.

“The Taber Fire Department recruits twice a year — so every spring and every fall we put out a recruitment drive. So, we open up for approximately a month and try and get the community interested and educate them on what we’re all about,” said West. “Right now, we’re currently recruiting and accepting applications until September 5, after which, we’ll go through our hiring process. (We are) looking for paid on-call firefighters, so that can be anyone who resides in the community of Taber, is a minimum of 18 years of age, they have to be entitled to work in Canada, have a driver’s license, and that’s about all the eligibility requirements. Then we provide whatever training is needed for them.”

West discussed what will be required of the volunteers who get recruited into the fire department.

“If they are successful in the hiring process, they undergo an orientation weekend. So, that’s the full weekend of training Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday where they are trained on the basic requirements to safely perform the duties of a new, or what we call a probationary firefighter. That’s like your basic OH and S require training to make sure they know how to safely function on a fire scene.”

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